Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
This charming tale of a human couple and a duck couple is charmingly illustrated. The story is about a greedy emperor who desires a wild duck for its rich plumage. When the duck becomes sad in his cage and is no longer beautiful, the emperor loses interest and a maid sets him free. A former warrior takes the blame and in time, the maid and warrior fall in love. But the emperor is still angry and sends them to their death. A mysterious pair of envoys arrives in time to save their lives - follow the adventure and lovely illustrations in the Land of the Rising Sun. Written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, sc, 36pp. ~ Sara
A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird's magnificent plumage. But the wild creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid, releases the bird against her lord's command, she and the one-eyed servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?
Introduce children to the fascinating and diverse world in which we live through delightful childrens books. Modeled after the Charlotte Mason philosophy of notebooking, this study focuses on the 4 Rs: reading, reasoning, relating and recording. Skills are age appropriate and gentle to engage and inspire children in the learning process. Geography, cultures, animals, folk tales and fables, music and art, are all covered, as are nature studies, poetry and recipes.
Part 1 covers Asia, Antarctica, Australia, and Africa. Part 2 covers Europe and South America. Biblical History connection included. Additional library, history and biography picture book recommendations are included for families seeking to go deeper. Each guide contains 70 lessons, flexible for one semester or one year. Beautifully illustrated with vibrant photographs. Black & white notebooking pages are included and reproducible for individual families. Softcover. ~ Deanne